South west Kerry region left without ambulance

REPRO FREE - Cllr. Norma Moriarty the new cathaoirleach of the South and West Kerry Municipal District at the annual meeting of the Kerry County Council and Municipal Districts at the Cluncil Chamber in Tralee, Co Kerry. Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD - www.dwalshphoterry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/mail : [email protected] WEB Site :

The south west Kerry region was left without an ambulance this morning.

The Cathaoirleach of the Kenmare Municipal District, Norma Moriarty says normally two ambulances cover the large geographical area along with a rapid response car, which is unable to carry patients.

One of the ambulances has been taken out of service for repairs and this morning the remaining vehicle was called to an emergency outside of the area.

Fianna Fail Councillor Norma Moriarty says this means some people in the region would have to wait at least an hour-and-a-half for an ambulance.

She is calling on HSE management to immediately lease a second ambulance for the region.

Cllr Moriarty says south west Kerry is being treated unfairly when it comes to health care:

Meanwhile, Councillor Norma Moriarty says the community day hospital in Caherciveen has been closed since yesterday.

It’s understood the issue centres around clearance for new staff.

Cllr Moriarty says the closure is having a huge impact on the area: